Despite this I still went £2.04 over budget - although to be fair at least two meals this week will be made from Sunday's roast dinner left overs so potential to make up for over spend there...
Roo's school packed lunch is still proving tricky. Every day this week his lunch bag has come home with about 75% of his lunch in a squished up mess at the bottom of it, so not only is he not eating it at school, I can't even make him eat it when he gets home hungry...
It doesn't seem to make much difference whether I put his favourite sandwiches (minus crusts) and snacks in or not - he rarely eats more than half of it.
We talked about it and I asked him what he would really like in his lunch bag and he said 'pasta and tuna or some soup' This week we are going to try just a bowl of pasta salad and some of these fab little cheesy star snack biscuits (recipe below). Less stuff to chose from will hopefully mean he eats more of what he is given and I won't have to keep throwing food away!
This week's meal plan...
MondayCauliflower and Other veg cheese, made with Sunday dinner leftovers!
TuesdayChicken, Sweetcorn and Noodle Soup - again made with Sunday's left over roast chicken
WednesdayRoo going to his Nonny's house after school so probably cheesy beans on toast for me! (or left over left overs...)
ThursdayLentil and Carrot soup with homemade rustic bread
FridayAduki Bean pie
SundayToad in the Hole with mash and veg
Easy Cheesy Lunchbox Stars recipe
4oz/125g plain flour
2ox/60g finely grated cheese (a mature cheddar gives a better flavour)
splash of cold milk
1 egg yolk
Sift the flour and paprika into a large bowl. Rub in the butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, mix in the cheese then make a well in the centre. Add the egg yolk and a splash of milk (go easy, you can always add a little more if need be) and mix together to form a soft dough.
Roll out the the dough on a floured surface - about 3-5mm thick is enough as the biscuits puff up a bit when cooked. Cut out your biscuits and place on a greased/lined baking tray and cook at top of a moderate oven (180c/gas 4) for about 10 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack then store in an airtight container.
They should stay fresh for five or six days.
They may not actually stay uneaten for that long though...
The paprika is entirely optional but adds a subtle kick. Leave it out if you don't think your kids will like it. Try dried herbs instead if you want or add some poppy seeds to the mix with the cheese.
Try using different shaped cookie cutters too - I have dinosaur ones that went down particularly well or you could try mini gingerbread men cutters, hearts, flowers, or just plain rounds.
These snacks are incredibly easy and cheap to make - not to mention very moreish - so enjoy experimenting with different seasonings and shapes and make your kids lunchboxes more fun!
ps - I have submitted this post to #mealplanningmonday over on At Home with Mrs M - there's loads of other meal planning ideas linked up too so do go and take a look!